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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
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    Pivotal Labs breaks stereotypes of what you think of when you think of programmers. It is unlike anything else I have seen programming, let alone in "Silicon Valley". The people are kind, inquisitive, humble, and generally are there because they love imparting knowledge through example, via pairing. Having pair programmed with other Pivots for a few months, I can say these are some of the most patient people I've ever met, and truly generous in their knowledge. It feels like working in a programmer's union. Business is good because we do actual good work, and people trust people who tell the truth and actually do good work. It's nice to work for honest people.


    I don't feel like I have a lot of choice in my career opportunities. I'm getting better at random frameworks that I don't really care about becoming an expert in. I'm hoping the experience of picking something up will generalize, but I wonder whether I should be doing something more meaningful or related to my interests. Obviously if you love Rails, or iOS, or Android, or Javascript, you are a great fit. Otherwise if you simply came for the free kombucha and the cool people, you might wake up one day and realize you're not only extremely hydrated but also a Rails developer. Also docking one point on "Senior Management" because outside of the lovely senior management at Labs proper, the inner workings of Pivotal Inc are utterly opaque to me.

    Advice to Management

    I don't think Pivotal goes out of its comfort zone that often when it comes to giving employees time/space/encouragement to create new products. Generally Pivots are billed to clients for 40 hours a week, and that's it. If we leaned more into the "Labs" part of Pivotal Labs I think there could be some interesting room to explore there.

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    Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
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    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Pivotal Labs.


    Went through two phone screens. Questions were standard for a Product position. No surprises here. Internal HR person asked good questions and was pleasant enough. I was told that I would be scheduled for an in-person interview. Instead, the company stopped communicating with me. This is the first time I've experienced this in the interview process. I understand that Pivotal Labs is big on "cultural fit." Great. Everyone says that. But what does that mean in reality? A lack of communication skills and common courtesy? "Thanks, but no thanks."

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Website www.pivotallabs.com
Headquarters San Francisco, CA
Size 1001 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1989
Type Company - Private
Industry Information Technology
Revenue Unknown / Non-Applicable
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